December 22, 2011 • 12:59 am
Governments often hire private contractors to operate transportation services or build technology tools. When those projects provide open data as part of the program, customers can benefit at little or no cost. When open data is left out, governments are throwing money out the window.
More at Greater Greater Washington
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Policy
December 19, 2011 • 11:22 pm
Data is variously described as the oxygen of the digital economy or the new raw material of the 21st century. So it is good to see that the UK is setting a cracking pace as it opens up government data for anyone to reuse.
More at The Guardian
Filed under: Data, open data
December 8, 2011 • 2:04 am
December 7, 2011 • 10:50 pm
Many participants sounded enthusiastic about releasing public sector data to the public. As one contributor said: “There are lots of people who can play with the data and make meaningful services.” The contributor added: “Transparency isn’t just about accountability issues – [putting] everyone’s expenses on the web – it’s also about using content to drive innovation.”
More at The Guardian
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Public Data
November 21, 2011 • 1:51 am
Flipping the debate from potential profits to actual expenses. Gordon Linton, a former head of the Federal Transit Administration who served alongside Zimmerman on the Metro board, focused on the opportunity cost of giving data to other sites. He said the agency had given away resources – for example, free parking for car-sharing services – that it later realized could yield income.
More at ReadWriteWeb
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, WMATA
October 13, 2011 • 4:38 pm
Perhaps more than most industries, the nature of today’s public transportation industry makes the need for OT clear. Clearly, technology plays a critical role in optimising visibility and efficiency to improve execution. OT uses real-time integrated data collection and analysis for unprecedented visibility into daily transit operations for higher levels of decision support.
More at ComputerWorld UK
Filed under: Data, Data Management, data, open data
October 13, 2011 • 2:33 am
October 10, 2011 • 4:39 pm
Fast Company looks at San Francisco’s Open Data policies and offers some insight into optimizing these tools.
More at Fast Company
Filed under: Data, Government, open data
September 2, 2011 • 10:21 pm
The Traffic Records Management, Reporting and Analysis Division of the Virginia Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) manages the states’ highway safety traffic records information system that houses millions of traffic crash records. Data that is collected, stored and analyzed by this Division is used for problem identification and resolution by local, state and federal entities across the Commonwealth. This data is housed in the Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS). TREDS, the first of its kind in Virginia, is a state-of-the-art traffic crash data system that automates and centralizes crash information from across the state. Its many benefits include the electronic submission of police crash reports, the electronic capture of GPS coordinates for reporting of specific crash locations, and the elimination of separate crash data repositories in multiple formats.
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Filed under: Data, Government, Technology, accident, data, open data, safety